Hit and run suspect commits suicide

2012-07-09 09:04

Johannesburg - A Krugersdorp accountant charged with the death of an 18-year-old cyclist has committed suicide, Beeld reported on Monday.

Wynand Venter, 35, was found in his Noordheuwel home on Friday night, with a gunshot wound to the head, and a pistol lying next to him.

According to Beeld, Venter's lawyers began negotiating with the State last week in the hope of coming to a plea arrangement.

Venter was charged with a hit-and-run accident involving Merzanne van Wyk, an 18-year-old matric pupil from Florida High School on the West Rand, on July 24 2010.

Van Wyk was knocked off her bicycle and died at the scene after sustaining serious neck and back injuries. Her family found her after becoming concerned when she did not return from her ride.

A witness saw Venter race away from the scene, then briefly stop to close his bonnet. Police found his number plate and arrested him.

  • traversd.hewitt - 2012-07-09 09:18


      dan.cooper.9634 - 2012-07-09 23:22

      Suicide is the worst form of self criticisms In this case I think its valid

      sibongilesarah.maseko - 2012-07-10 08:31

      Pity, had he found Jesus; he would have learnt to forgive himself as Jesus had forgiven him. May the two families be comforted in these trying times.

  • Hamrammr - 2012-07-09 09:26

    I respect his decision as he probably felt that he could not live any longer with the knowledge that he killed a person who never got to live a future she dreamed about. Crying coward just point to a lack of critical thinking and insight. Maybe he was suffering from depression prior to the accident? I do agree however that he destroyed the only chance her family had of knowing what really happened on that day. I sincerely hope that her family will find closure.

      jason.children - 2012-07-09 09:55

      What a load of BS, this guys lawyer spent a week trying to plea bargain, obviously this wasn't working and the guy didn't want to go to jail. So he offed himself! All he managed to do was hurt his own family and bring no closure to the victims family! Giving yourself a lead tablet is the easy way out. What he should have done is faced the music.

      tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-07-09 10:36

      he couldn't have cared that much about what he did considering that his first choice was to run and not see if he could help her!!!!!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-09 10:54

      I should have read your comment before posting - took the words right out of my mouth ...

      GodsGraceSuffices - 2012-07-10 09:16

      RUBBISH. He was Chicken and took the chickens way out of a serious situation. Don't make him out to be a hero. The reason he drove away in the first place after hitting the girl, was probably because he had been drinking. Otherwise why not just stay and face the police. People must start taking responsibility for the actions, not running away. I hit a man the other day... He was the drunk one who ran in front of my car. I waiting and sorted it out with the police. Condolences to the Girls family and to the guys family. They have both lost a child, and i pray God will have mercy on their souls.

      Hamrammr - 2012-07-10 09:26

      GodsGrace, I do not see much of your God's grace in your answer... Talk about prejudiced, I do not have all of the facts, neither do you. Until we have it please refrain from being a complete idiot, people react different in different situations- especially true once adrenaline kicks in, then it is fight or flee. At least his suicide points to him having a conscience, or so I hope as I would like to believe in the good of most of humanity...

  • natascha.morton.7 - 2012-07-09 09:28

    of course he is a coward. speeding off from the scene to prevent being caught, but he was, and then killing himself cause he probably couldn't live with the guilt anymore. Only a shame the guilt didnt last longer! May the van Wyk family find peace and closure now.

  • zenithdolphin - 2012-07-09 09:29

    whatever people may think, the burden he had to carry knowing he had ended a young life must have been huge. And it takes a lot of courage to kill yourself, in fact it must be the hardest thing one could do...

      jason.children - 2012-07-09 09:57

      It doesnt take courage to kill yourself!! Its a cowardly act, and he only did it after his lawyers attempts at a plea bargain thinking! So that means the only reason he rolled over and ate his birth certificate is because he didnt want to be a man whore in jail!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-09 10:58

      I'm not sure about the suicide and courage link, I think when you reach that point that you feel so bad it must be quite easy, release from the pain. Then again the suicide and coward link - guess it could be taking the easy way out. At least the guy felt bad about what he did, got to give him credit for that. Hope I never end up in a situation like this, guess its the only way you can really judge.

      Victoria - 2012-07-09 14:47

      Jason, do me and the rest of humanity a favour please, go and Google suicide and depression. How can you judge what you do not know? You think its cowardly cause that is the way you were raised. Educate yourself first then open your mouth. What a tasteless comment: "ate his birth certificate". Furthermore unless you personally knew him how can you make a snap judgement like that? There are many reasons, which are justifiable (not right or wrong) why he could have fled the scene of the accident.

      Raymond - 2012-07-10 07:15

      Suicide must be difficult as we are all programmed to self preserve.

  • Sagin - 2012-07-09 09:30

    a sad sad situation. my condolences to his family and the young girls family. Judge not, lest You be judged!

      sibongilesarah.maseko - 2012-07-10 08:33

      how I wish we had more people like you sagin. this world would be a better place.

  • dorothea.dotty - 2012-07-09 09:38

    this guy must have been in hell since 24th july 2010....

      wesleywt - 2012-07-10 08:21

      The parents are in hell until they die. Screw this guy.

  • veldt66 - 2012-07-09 09:42

    Guilty of running away from fatal accident that led to the death of an 18yr old! Its okay he killed himself.

  • robqb - 2012-07-09 09:44

    To you guys shouting "coward" do you know what he was enduring? Do you know how much "guts" it takes to commit suicide? Have YOU walked in that man's shoes? Please catch a wake-up and get a life!

      david.goliath.355 - 2012-07-09 09:51

      What He was going through was nothing compared to what Merzanne van Wyk's family was going through.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-09 11:01

      I think they all went through a lot, to compare who was going through the most trauma I think is irrelevant. Just a very sad story, thats all.

      leigh.ridgway - 2012-07-09 11:01

      @Rob - Yes, I have actually been in a similar situation and let me tell you, there is NO courage in killing yourself or attempting to. All it does is destroy the people who love you. It leaves behind such devastation that the living have to endure every day THEY choose to live, while your selfish ar*e lies and rots in a hole somewhere in oblivion. So don't preach about the 'guts' it takes to commit suicide. It takes real guts to stay and face the music. "Every cloud has a silver lining" and he would have found his had he just stuck around. Now TWO families are left to suffer because of his selfishness!

      Ant138 - 2012-07-09 11:18

      Rob- I am sure that you know how much 'guts' it takes to face life, with all its obstacles and challenges. No 'guts' required to choose the easy way out, perhaps just overwhelming despair. This man had no 'guts' at all or else he would have made a number of different decisions. I have empathy with the man but no admiration.

  • olivia.karnak - 2012-07-09 09:47

    He probably thought I'd much rather die, than sepnd my time in one of these horrid South African gang infested prisons, where they make a 'woman' of you.

  • delish7564 - 2012-07-09 09:58

    OK so he shouldn't have driven off but people do stupid things in a moment of panic. Also, shooting yourself takes guts, definitely not an easy way out! Condolences to both families :(

  • charlie.elford.5 - 2012-07-09 10:00

    I wish more of this country's criminals would suffer from such an attack of conscience, instead of slurping up my tax money... I will gladly sponsor a couple of bullets

      Anthea - 2012-07-09 17:42

      Sadly most people won't acknowledge their guilt . It was my parents' fault, society's fault, my Grade Two Teacher's fault, Apartheid's fault, government's fault, the guy who owns the Bottle Store's fault... you get the picture, not EVER my fault...

  • mathew.matty.96 - 2012-07-09 10:06

    teenagers today

  • robqb - 2012-07-09 10:15

    @Jason. You want to try it, one day. Then you tell me how "easy" it was!!!!

  • TheRealWarrenB - 2012-07-09 10:32

    @News24 Please stop pointing that gun in my face! :-)

  • williewow.lekubs - 2012-07-09 10:52

    Gud short 1 criminal down the drain

  • Natzi - 2012-07-09 15:30

    well i cant say i am sorry for him he did a very inhuman thing! sorry for his family but i feel more sorry for Merzanne van Wyk's family

  • Thembi - 2012-07-09 16:26

    Let's not be judgemental obviously it was a mistake my sincere condolences to BOTH families

  • jeannelr - 2012-07-09 19:09

    ...and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us...people make choices, some good, some really bad. People react strange, unpredictable when under severe stress and in a panic state. Wynand was involved in an ACCIDENT that had terrible, sad consequences. He made the wrong choice by not staying at the scene, who knows what went through his mind. For the past two years both him and the van Wyk family had to deal with the tragedy. I have children and cant imagine how it must feel to have a child taken from you. My heart goes out to them, and I pray that they'll find comfort in the presence of the Father. I do however know how guilt-ridden Wynand was, how badly he wanted to ask her family for forgiveness. How he suffered through times like Christmas because he kept thinking how heartbroken the van Wyk family must have been, especially during the holidays. He was a kindhearted, gentle, loving person who could not live with the thought that an accident he was involved in had taken a life. He had such remorse for the way he reacted that sad day. Pls dont judge and condemn, both the families involved are in enough pain. Insensitive, hatefilled comments are not helpin. He had remorse, he pleaded to God for forgiveness and I know his slate was swept clean. I pray that the Van Wyk family will find it in their hearts to forgive. And I pray for them and the Venter family for strength during these difficult times. May God be your comfort and strength and keep you all safe.

  • Peter - 2012-07-09 21:16

    Anyone of us could of hit her. Who knows how we would of reacted? Maybe shock, or the fight or flight syndrome kicked in that made him run. I think it's very sad. I think in his state, he saw taking his life as making it even. It did not. He killed her by accident, and took his life on purpose. Two beautiful young lives ended because of an accident. Nothing more nothing less. So all you macho judgmental know it all he men and women, why not give it a break until something like this happens to you?

  • pleiades.alberts - 2012-07-09 22:46

    an eye for an eye

  • harold.chisimba - 2012-07-09 22:54


  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-07-10 05:56

    It's considerate of him to have saved the taxpayers' money: no trial, no gaol, no appeals.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-07-10 07:21

    two years later - coward!

  • graham.dutoit.12 - 2012-07-10 08:10

    Hius lawyer was negotiating with the state as the case had reached an advanced point. Do the "blue light" killer drivers ever get to the point where they have to negotiate with the state?

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